What an exciting day all round!
On the 7th December, as part of the Arsenal in the Community initiative, Arsenal Ladies and Hertsmere Borough Council’s commitment to delivering football and educational sessions in the borough, we were lucky enough to be invited to the first Arsenal Ladies Double Club Tournament! This was held at Arsenal’s Training Centre in London Colney, which is generally NOT open to the public!
As per the Double Club model, teams from across the area competed in both a football tournament and a classroom based literacy session at the Training Centre. The classroom session and the tournament carried equal weighting towards the team’s overall score.
Our Girls won 2 out of the 4 games that we played. Playing with sheer determination, teamwork and sportsmanship.
In our classroom based activities, the girls took part in a range of educational literacy based activities. To finalise, each team had to prepare a discussion topic to present to the other schools, with arguments for and against. Our topic area was related to the new FIFA 16 now including woman international teams. The girls’ presentation was unbelievable, I could not have been prouder!
We finished 1st overall in the competition!!! WELL DONE GIRLS!!!!
As if that was not all enough, the Girls were then introduced to international female football icon Kelly Smith, where they were given the opportunity to ask her questions and take photographs with her.
It was an incredible experience for the girls and a day, I hope, they will remember for a very long time.